Ancient Carnelian Bow Beads with Gold Spacers
Carnelian, 20k gold
The necklace is 17 ½ inches (44.5 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 18.1 gm.
A necklace of twenty-five carnelian bow beads alternating with small round carnelian beads each faced with pairs of two layer ring beads. The bow beads decrease in size very slightly towards the back: Length 1 25 cm -1.05 cm, width at center 5.05 mm 5.0 mm, width at ends 3.5 mm 3.0 mm, hole diameter 2.mm. The 28 small carnelian beads are 3 mm in diameter. There are 52 two layer granulated ring beads (3 mm in diameter). Gold beading tips and a hook and eye clasp complete the necklace. The beading tips are open ended cylinders, the closed end with a hole for the string to pass through. The knotted ends are hidden in the cylinders. A stirrup of flattened wire attaches to the sides of the cylinders providing a loop for the attachment of the hook and eye clasp. The gold is 20k and has been patinated. The carnelian beads are a deep, rich color and are probably about two thousand years old.